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Russian Sage blooms from July through the fall.  I consider this a must plant in any sunny garden.  The flowers are spikes of violet-blue flowers.  The flowers attract butterflies.  The foliage is finely cut silvery-green leaves that is scented.  It is this scent that allows Russian Sage to be deer tolerant.  Russian Sage is very hardy in our region and will grow 3 to 4 ft.  tall and wide and prefers full sun and well-drained soil.  We have some planted in front of the garden center in one of our parking lot islands.  Here, it gets the full sun and only the water that Mother Nature provides. 

                Russian Sage makes a great companion plant to other blooming perennials, especially with either yellow or white flowers, such as Coreopsis or Rudbeckia.

                Russian Sage is very low maintenance.  Once a year, in early spring, you will want to cut it back to about 6 to 8 inches.  Once established, the plant can start to spread by runners.  I recommend that you divide plants every 4 to 5 years to rejuvenate them .

                As you may gather I can’t find much negative with this plant.  So, consider adding Russian Sage to your sunny landscape.  You won’t be disappointed.


Posted: 8/9/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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